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US has Huawei in cuffs; China has US in chains

If the US continues to play hardball on Huawei, don’t rule out Beijing at least reminding American officials of the bazooka in its cupboard Original Link

Huawei is said to plan $2-billion cybersecurity reboot

China’s Huawei is planning to overhaul its global software systems as it tries to avoid a ban in the UK and other European markets, after previous piecemeal fixes failed to assuage national security concerns. Original Link

Facebook poses potential threat to democracy: ex-GCHQ chief

Facebook could be a threat to democracy unless it is properly regulated, a former head of GCHQ has warned. Original Link

China state media calls Huawei arrest a ‘despicable rogue’ act

China’s state media called the arrest of Huawei’s chief financial officer in Canada a “despicable rogue’s approach”, painting the move as a politically motivated effort to contain China’s rise. Original Link

Chinese government lead suspect in Marriott hack: report

A massive hack into hotel group Marriott International may have been an intelligence-gathering operation by China’s government, Reuters cited unidentified sources as saying. Original Link

‘Shocking’ Huawei arrest threatens US-China trade truce

On the same day Donald Trump and Xi Jinping struck a trade war truce in Argentina, some 11 000km away Canadian authorities made an arrest that now threatens to make the US-China conflict much worse. Original Link

Huawei CFO arrested, sparking China outrage

Huawei Technologies’ chief financial officer was arrested in Canada over potential violations of US sanctions on Iran, provoking outrage from China. Original Link

Apple reassigns marketing staff to boost flagging iPhone sales

Apple is experimenting with iPhone marketing strategies it rarely uses – such as discount promotions via generous device buyback terms – to help goose sales of its flagship product. Original Link

No place for hate speech on Apple platforms: Tim Cook

Apple CEO Tim Cook said hate speech has “no place” on the company’s platforms as he accepted an award from a campaign group fighting anti-Semitism. Original Link

Australia to pass law to bypass WhatsApp, other encryption

Australia is set to pass legislation giving police and intelligence agencies access to encrypted messages on platforms such as WhatsApp, despite protests. Original Link

The tech companies killing print ads are buying print ads

Tech giants like Google and Facebook are threatening the media business by capturing a growing share of advertising dollars. Original Link

Quora suffers data breach affecting 100 million users

About 100 million users of question-and-answer website Quora may have had their personal information compromised following a data breach, the company said. Original Link

Spy agencies turning to quantum computing and AI

The head of Britain’s MI6, Alex Younger, says there is a need for “fourth-generation espionage” as adversaries take advantage of “blurred lines” between the cyber and physical worlds. Original Link

Apple Music coming to Amazon’s Alexa

Amazon’s Alexa voice-powered assistant is preparing to gain another high profile music service in the form of Apple Music. Original Link

SpaceX to launch cubesats to hunt pirates on the high seas

If all goes as planned with the scheduled SpaceX launch on Sunday, a start-up called HawkEye 360 will have a trio of satellites resembling toaster ovens circling the globe, scanning for pirate radio. Original Link

Sandberg asked Facebook staff to probe Soros holdings

Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg told employees to investigate financial dealings by George Soros, the billionaire who criticised the company at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January. Original Link

Facebook ‘considered charging for access to user data’

Facebook considered selling user data to developers despite previous pledges not to do so, it has been claimed. Original Link

Facebook ‘considered charging for access to user data’

Facebook considered selling user data to developers despite previous pledges not to do so, it has been claimed. Original Link

Nato in cyber wargames on Russian doorstep

In a small Estonian town about 50km from the Russian border, Nato is playing out fictional scenarios where allied networks and civilian systems are under online assault. Original Link

Nato in cyber wargames on Russian doorstep

In a small Estonian town about 50km from the Russian border, Nato is playing out fictional scenarios where allied networks and civilian systems are under online assault. Original Link

Safaricom market share falls

Safaricom’s market share dropped 1.6 percentage points to 65.4% in the three months to June as Bharti Airtel’s Kenyan unit and Telkom Kenya increased mobile phone customers at a faster pace. Original Link

Amazon’s AWS to offer clients on-premise servers

Amazon.com will let customers put servers used in the company’s cloud computing data centres into their own facilities, it said on Wednesday. Original Link

Amazon unveils own server chips for AWS

Amazon.com has taken a big step toward reducing reliance on Intel for a critical component of its cloud computing service. Original Link

IBM joins Apple in blasting Silicon Valley for ‘trust crisis’

IBM CEO Ginni Rometty has joined a growing chorus of tech executives lambasting Web platforms like Google and Facebook over their collection of user data and urged regulation of them. Original Link

iPhones could get hit with 10% Trump tariff

Apple is poised for another setback after US President Donald Trump suggested that 10% tariffs could be placed on mobile phones, like the iPhone, and laptops made in China. Original Link

Musk defends 80-hour work week

Tesla CEO Elon Musk says he knows how many hours a week you need to work to change the world, and it’s no small number. Original Link

Microsoft tops Apple as world’s most valuable company

Apple gave up its crown as the world’s most valuable publicly traded company, at least for a few minutes on Monday. Original Link

China’s Big Dipper challenges dominance of GPS

China is taking its rivalry with the US to the heavens, spending at least $9-billion to build a celestial navigation system and cut its dependence on the American-owned GPS. Original Link

China’s tech giants are looking weaker than ever

China’s Internet sector wrapped up the third quarter earnings season with its slowest growth on record. Original Link

Apple defends iPhone app fees in pivotal court case

Simplicity is supposed to be a selling point for Apple’s iPhone. It may be a problem at the US supreme court. Original Link

US allies urged to shun Huawei equipment: report

The US government is reportedly contacting key allies to get them to persuade telecommunications companies in their countries to avoid using equipment from China’s Huawei Technologies. Original Link

US accuses China of continuing IP theft

The US on Tuesday accused China of continuing a state-backed campaign of intellectual property and technology theft even as the world’s two largest economies have descended into a tit-for-tat tariff war. Original Link

Zuckerberg hopes to work with Sandberg for ‘decades’

Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg has come under fire for her handling of company disclosures about Russia’s election influence. CEO Mark Zuckerberg came to her defence on Tuesday. Original Link

Microsoft finds investor favour as stock rout punishes peers

Microsoft is faring better than its more celebrated peers as losses pile up for technology stocks. Original Link

Deep cost cuts looming at iPhone maker Foxconn

Foxconn Technology Group, the biggest assembler of Apple iPhones, aims to cut $2.9-billion from expenses in 2019 as it faces “a very difficult and competitive year”, according to an internal company memo. Original Link

Losses mounting for tech stocks

Tech stocks are having another rough day with chip makers extending a three-session slide and many of the biggest tech and Internet names adding to Monday’s losses. Original Link

Apple nears bear territory as iPhone concern mounts

Apple shares dropped close to bear market territory on Monday on concern consumers are no longer clamouring for its cornerstone product, the iPhone. Original Link

Bottom falling out of the Nasdaq as tech stocks plunge

Is the rout ripping through technology stocks just another garden variety correction? In the long sweep of history, yes. But compared only to selloffs since the bull market began, it’s starting to get extreme. Original Link

Battery boom to attract $620-billion in investment by 2040

The battery boom is coming to China, California and basically everywhere else – and it will be even bigger than previously thought. Original Link

Tencent profit blows past all expectations

Tencent Holdings posted earnings that surpassed all analyst estimates as one-time gains and advertising demand limited the impact of a government clampdown on its lucrative games business. Original Link

Ripple is aiming to overtake Swift banking network

Ripple Labs is gaining new customers because financial firms are seeking faster, more up-to-date technology than the Swift banking network, CEO Brad Garlinghouse said. Original Link

VW said to roll out cheaper e-car to challenge Tesla

Volkswagen plans to add a subcompact crossover costing about €18 000 (R290 000) to its all-electric I.D. range, expanding its lineup of zero-emissions vehicles that are more affordable than those of Tesla. Original Link

Tesla picks an insider to replace Musk as chair

Tesla has chosen Robyn Denholm to succeed Elon Musk as board chair, selecting an independent director to contend with the car maker’s mercurial CEO following his run-ins with regulators and investors. Original Link

China’s grand Internet vision is starting to ring hollow

Ever since Chinese President Xi Jinping marked the opening of the first World Internet Conference in 2014, it was meant to usher in a new era of digital openness and project China as a champion of global cyber governance. Those promises are now starting to lie fallow. Original Link

This is where Amazon may build its second HQ

Amazon.com’s yearlong search for a second headquarters is nearing an end, people with knowledge of the matter said. Original Link

Bill Gates gets serious about crap

Bill Gates thinks toilets are a serious business, and he’s betting big that a reinvention of this most essential of conveniences can save a half million lives and deliver $200-billion-plus in savings. Original Link

Apple cancels production boost for iPhone Xr

Apple has told Foxconn and Pegatron to halt plans for additional production lines dedicated to iPhone Xr, the Nikkei reports, citing unidentified people familiar with the matter. Original Link

Tencent to check all gamers’ IDs in unprecedented move

Naspers affiliate Tencent will expand its age-verification system to encompass its entire games line-up, an unprecedented undertaking in response to growing criticism it encourages addiction among youngsters. Original Link

Facebook’s fake news problem is far from solved

Although Facebook may have tamped down on hoax news in the US, bigger problems remain, driven by the viral nature of shocking content. Original Link